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A California federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Howard Law PC and two other firms to mediate a dispute over the firms’ alleged running of a debt-relief scheme that extracted millions in “exorbitant” and illegal advance fees from consumers with large debts.
Counsel representing relatives of torture victims who allege that Chiquita Brands International Inc. paid off a Colombian paramilitary group sought an order on Monday in Florida federal court to stop a colleague from allegedly copying the company's attorneys on privileged communications concerning unnamed clients.
A suspended Middlesex County, New Jersey, judge indicted on a charge of hindering the apprehension of her boyfriend accused of robbery urged an appeals panel to toss the allegation, arguing Tuesday the prosecution had no proof that she was trying to help him escape.
A Virginia federal court on Monday shot down a New York attorney’s bid to challenge the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s decision to suspend him from practicing before the board for two years, ruling that the board had correctly found that his decision to file a patent application without investigating its viability warranted suspension.
The Irish Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision that two telecom companies accusing the Irish Minister of Public Enterprise of interference in mobile licensing could not power their suit using a third-party litigation funding firm, ruling that such an arrangement was illegal under Irish law.